William Latimer-Sayer QC > Cloisters Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Clinical negligence (either side); PI (either side).


William specialises in catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence. He has a special interest in quantum and the majority of his work is related to contested assessment of damages hearings. William is the General Editor of Schedules of Loss: Calculating Damages (Bloomsbury Publishing, 3rd edition 2010), the leading practitioner textbook on schedules of loss and a member of the Ogden Working party. Although he accepts work on behalf of claimants and defendants, his practice is predominantly claimant based. William has been instructed in some of the most significant and high-profile quantum cases to come before the courts including the five highest awards ever made following a contested trial (William being the only common link between the cases): Robshaw v United Lincolnshire NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 923 (£14.5m); A v Powys Health Board 2007 (£10.7m); Totham v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 97 (QB) (£10.1m); Farrugia v Burtenshaw & others [2014] EWHC 1036 (QB) (£9.7m); and XXX v Strategic Health Authority [2008] EWHC 2727 (QB) (£9.4m). Other notable cases include: Majrowski v Guy’s & St Thomas’s NHS Trust [2006] UKHL 34; Sarwar v (1) Ali (2) MIB [2007] LS Law Medical 375; Iqbal v Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust [2008] EWCA Civ 1190; [2008] PIQR P9; [2008] LS Law Medical 22; Noble v Owens [2010] 1 WLR 2491; and JXMX v Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust [2015] Med LR 103.


Called 1995; pupillage at 14 Gray’s Inn Square and Goldsmith Chambers. Publications include: contributor ‘Clinical Negligence a Practical Guide’ (Lewis and Buchan 2012); general editor and co-author ‘Schedules of Loss: Calculating damages’ (3rd edition, Bloomsbury Publishing); co-editor ‘The ABC of Medical Law’; contributor PIBA Handbook (3rd edition); and author of numerous articles for legal journals.


APIL; AVMA; PNBA; PIBA; Medico-Legal Society; Bar Pro-Bono Unit.


Leicester University (LLB Hons); King’s College, London (MA Medical Law and Ethics).


Tennis, film.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

The ‘excellentCloisters covers the full spectrum of complex and high-profile personal injury cases, acting on behalf of claimants and defendants. Members are ‘highly skilled in handling catastrophic injury claims‘ and particularly adept at dealing with intricate liability and quantum issues. Quantum is a core focus of William Latimer-Sayer QC‘s practice; he is representing two claimants who were seriously injured in the 2015 Alton Towers’ ride accident, as well as acting for PC Kristopher Aves in his claim against the Motor Insurers Bureau arising out of the Westminster Bridge attack. Daniel Lawson has, in turn, a strong reputation for handling difficult liability claims.

London Bar > Clinical negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

William Latimer-Sayer QCCloistersHe has unparalleled knowledge of quantum matters.